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1  Re: Inchies - it's a new year! Signups Dec 31-Jan 16 or until full; Sendouts Feb. 16 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by GlitteringPeacock on: January 29, 2010 06:41:24 AM
It's when you raised a closed fist to the sky and curse the winds.  (Okay that may be a little over the top).  
Like this:

(BTW - I'm totally not making any statement of any kind with this photo, it was the first I found to demonstrate)
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2  Re: Amazing Hoodie Swap R10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GlitteringPeacock on: December 03, 2009 05:39:26 PM
Okay, finally posting my pictures from Grouse.  They are really crappy photos and no matter what setting I couldn't get them taken well.  Might try again during daylight hours this weekend.  I loved the hoodie and have worn it a few times.  Thanks so much again Grouse, loved doing the swap with you.

So in case you can't tell, which you might not be able to with my crappy camera, it's two monster pinup girls with my name in the center.
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3  Re: DIY Wedding Invitations! Comments and Suggestions Welcome! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by GlitteringPeacock on: November 29, 2009 10:32:27 AM
Hey ladies, I just had my wedding in mid october and I made my own invitations.  I bought the paper from papers and more and used wallpaper as a decorative backing paper.  My colors were red, antique gold and black.  I had the printing done at a local printing press, it wasn't too bad, they printed 300 invites for 100 dollars.  I don't know if this is the place to mention it, but I have plenty of left over supplies, enough for 100 invites.  If someone wants to do a personal swap let me know.  I have some gold outer envelopes, black sparkle folder envelopes and red sparkle cardstock, and small red sparkle envelopes and some left over wallpaper.  Posting here because if anyone wants to save some money of this I'd rather offer it to my other DIY brides to be.  Posted are my photos of my invites!

Sorry my pictures are kinda crappy, but that's my camera!

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4  Re: Craft Me Some Jewelry Rd. 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GlitteringPeacock on: September 19, 2009 11:46:14 AM
Posting my items from Hoppy, sorry the photos aren't excellent enough to see the really beautiful range of colors she used, but my my my are these excellent pieces.  Thank you so much Hoppy, I've worn a piece everyday since the package arrived.  Plus I was extra spoiled!!  More carbochons and beads!!

And a close up

Another lovely necklace, how did Hoppy know I like keys

And a close up

And yet another lovely necklace- I wear alot of purple and green and it goes with everything!

And a close up of this too!

And now the two pairs of beautiful earrings

And all the little extras!!

Hoppy is the best partner possible, thanks again so much!!
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5  Re: ...The challenge is Cake!!! "True Blood" Red Velvet Cupcakes - It has bite!! in Dessert by GlitteringPeacock on: July 26, 2009 08:34:44 PM
This recipe was inspired by True Blood.  It's a twist on Red Velvet Cake.  I used Cakeman Raven's recipe for the cake.  You can find his full recipe at CakemanRaven.com.  So here's the recipe!!

For the filling you'll need the following

40-50 pitted bing cherries
1/4 Cup of Sugar
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1.  Pit the cherries anyway you like, I split in half.

2. Add cherries, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and vanilla extract into a food processor and process until for two minutes.

3. Pour mixture into saucepan and whisk constantly on medium heat 8-10 minutes until sauce is bubbly and mixture is jam like. Remove from heat and set aside.

For the cake (based on Cakeman Raven's recipe) - makes 12 cupcakes
Dry Ingredients:
1 1/4 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cocoa

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1 Egg
1/2 tsp White Vinegar
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 oz. Red Food Coloring
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease cupcake pan or line with cupcake liners.

2. In large bowl mix dry ingredients togethor.

3. In smaller bowl whisk wet ingredients togethor.

4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and whisk until silky smooth.  Approx. 5 minutes.

5. Spoon mixture into into cupcake pan so it is only a third filled. 

6. Dollop cherry mixture on top of mixture already in cupcake pan.  Try no to let it bleed to the side. (I wasn't successful all the time)

7. Drizzle rest of cake mixture on top of jam until completely covered.

8. Bake 20 minutes or until done.

While cupcakes are baking, make the frosting!
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 Cup (1 stick) of butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar

1. Add all ingredients into food processor and blend until silky.

2.  Transfer frosting into a ziploc bag - it will be easier to frost this way.

3. Chill frosting until ready to frost.

Now that the cupcakes have been baked and cooled (about an hour) start to frost.

1. Remove as much air as possible from ziploc and snip on a bottom corner.  Swirl frosting onto cupcakes.

2. Voila!! You are done!!

Now its time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

So a few things about this recipe.  The Cherry jam is pretty spicy once its made.  It has a heckuva after burn to it.  Don't be dismayed, the cream cheese frosting will cut the intense burn of the jam.  The final cupcake will still have quite a bite to it, but not so intense that its not delicious.  I'm looking forward to other entries!!

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